Track Someone on the Web by sending a spoof link,How to get the fake user’s information?

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We have shown the website grabify to get our victim’s information, this post is for educational purposes only.

There are lot of websites on internet like grabify to grab info, Using these websites we can extract information such as IP address and GPS location data. When grabbing IP addresses and location data it’s always best to filter Internet bots such as Facebook bots. Internet Bot also known as web robot perform tasks that are both simple but also structurally repetitive at a much higher rate that wouldn’t be possible for a human alone. By filtering Internet Bots this helps to get a more accurate profile of the actual ip addresses that you are grabbing.

What is Grabify:

Grabify is a free web-based IP grabbing/URL shortening tool. (IP grabbing just as it implies simply means getting/grabbing peoples IP addresses. )

Just as you might have wondered, Grabify isn’t the only tool out there that does this job, there are a whole lot of them.

I chose Grabify for its simplicity and its straight-to-the-point design. A quick Google Search would show you how popular and widely used it is. In fact, as at the time of writing this article, it currently has 66,073,484 IP logs recorded on its database. Also they’ve been featured on 3 different episodes of MTV’s Catfish.

Alright, So How do I use Grabify to know someone’s location?

It’s as easy as sending them a link!

Yea you heard right. You don’t have to be that weird kid who hasn’t got a life, always sitting in front of a computer screen, with hoodies on, the hacker way.

Grabify abstracts the whole technicalities and just gives you only the information you need.

So, Here’s how to do it:

  • Find a link to any topic of interest that you’re sure your friend or “catfish” wouldn’t resist visiting.
  • Head on to Grabify and paste that link into the box that says “Enter URL or tracking code” you’d see this on the homepage.
  • Click on “Create URL”. You should see a pop up that asks you to agree to their terms of use, you should click agree. If your URL was successfully created, you should now be taken to a new page with a handful of information.

On this new page, there are a couple of customization you could do to your link and how creative you get might be limited to your knowledge of a few technical stuff about URLs. But for the sake of being straightforward, we’d go with the defaults.

Here are the important things to note :

  1. Your new URL. This usually looks like “https://grabify.link/ABC123”. This would be what you’d be sending the “Victim” or friend. It’s advisable to change the domain to something else, so your victim doesn’t get to know it’s a grabify link because of its popularity.
  2. Your tracking code. This would be what you’d enter to access your logs.
  3. Your access link. This link helps you view your logs by directly visiting it. This can save you the stress of coming back to the homepage to enter your tracking code anytime you wish to view your logs. You might want to copy that too.
  4. Smart Logger Feature. This is a new feature recently introduced by grabify to give additional information about your victims. Such information includes, your target’s device orientation, its charging state, battery percentage, his/her device’s GPU, if he/she is accessing the link over a Tor exit node, if they’re accessing over VPN and a whole lot of cool info. You might want to turn it on.

After you’ve taken notes of these and are done with your customization’s, you’re ready to send out your link.

Hit up your friend or “catfish” with the new link and maybe attached with a couple of descriptions that’d make them click on it. (Remember to get creative with this).

After you’re sure they might have clicked (if they hopefully did), or after you must have asked them if they’ve checked out the link, (you’re free to ask this cos they usually don’t know what has happened behind the scenes, cos the original information that has that link is what opens up to them). Head on to Grabify’s homepage and enter your tracking code, or better still, use the access link you had already copied to take you straight to your logs.

Now you should see the Results section, updated with real data about the target that has clicked the link. This includes his/her location! Be sure to click on “more info” to see more data about the user. If you’d turned on the smart logger, you should see a more detailed info than the default one provided.

Note: Grabify keeps track of anyone who clicks on the link including yourself.

So, Yay! You just found someone’s location!

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